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New Orchid Watermelon Info: How To Grow A New Orchid Melon

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2019-07-27 07:00
Fresh, homegrown watermelon is a delectable summertime treat. Whether hoping to grow large, sweet melons or smaller icebox types, growing your own watermelon in the home garden is a rewarding task. Though several high-quality varieties of open pollinated watermelon are available, newly introduced hybrid cultivars also offer interesting and unique characteristics – like ‘New Orchid,’ which offers growers a distinct sherbet colored flesh that is perfect for fresh eating. New Orchid Watermelon Info New Orchid watermelon plants are a type of icebox watermelon. Icebox watermelons are generally smaller, usually weighing less than about 10 lbs. (4.5 kg.) The compact size of these melons makes them ideal for storage in refrigerators. When fully mature, New Orchid melons demonstrate distinctive green stripes and an inner juicy flesh that is a bright and vibrant orange in color. How to Grow a New Orchid Melon The process of growing New Orchid watermelons is very

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Ailing Ginseng Plants – Identifying Common Ginseng Problems

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-26 18:00
Ginseng is a great plant to grow because you can enjoy a lot of potential health benefits from using the medicinal root and save money not buying supplements. There is evidence, albeit disputed, that ginseng can reduce inflammation, improve brain function, boost the immune system, reduce fatigue, and lower blood sugar. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ginseng problems you may encounter in the garden, as this is not the easiest plant to grow in quantity. Potential Ginseng Plant Issues Growing ginseng is not easy for beginners. There are a number of problems you’ll face, and those experienced with cultivating this plant suggest you throw out all your conventional knowledge about gardening; most of it won’t work with ginseng. Here are some of the issues you may face: Ginseng plants need shade. Depending on the conditions, ginseng can be very susceptible to damage from pests and diseases. It takes years

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Is Your Gladiolus Falling Over – How To Stake Glads In The Garden

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-26 15:04
Gladiolus (“glads” to most of us) are gorgeous, easy-to-grow plants that thrive with very little effort on your part. Growing glads is so simple, it’s almost a matter of sticking the corms in the soil, then sitting back and watching the magic. But sometimes the tall gladiolus falling over in the garden can be troublesome, if not unattractive. Luckily, with a little added support, this can be easily remedied. Read on for some tips on staking gladiolus. Do Gladiolus Plants Need Staking? It depends on the variety, as plants can reach heights of 2 to 6 feet (1.5-2 m.). Gladiolus staking will prevent tall gladiolus falling over in a strong wind as the plant matures, or even under the weight of the beautiful blooms. The good news is that staking gladiolus isn’t difficult and won’t take much of your time. How to Stake Glads Place a stake near the base

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Edible Flowers that are Safe to Eat

Organic Gardening 2 - Fri, 2019-07-26 11:17
Posted by cookinwithherbs
Upon request after a recent webinar on flowers in the kitchen, I am posting a list of some flowers that are safe to eat. You are responsible for proper identification.
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My Jacaranda Has Yellow Leaves – Reasons For Yellowing Jacaranda Trees

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-26 11:04
If you have a jacaranda tree that has yellow leaves, you’ve come to the right spot. There are a few reasons for a yellowing jacaranda. Treating a yellow jacaranda means you need to do a little detective work to figure out why the jacaranda leaves are turning yellow. Read on to find out what to do about a jacaranda turning yellow. Why are My Jacaranda Leaves Turning Yellow? Jacaranda is a genus of 49 species of flowering plants native to tropical and subtropical areas. They thrive in full sun and sandy soil and once established are fairly drought tolerant and have few insect or disease issues. That said, they can, especially young and newly transplanted trees, begin to turn yellow and drop leaves. Young plants are also more susceptible to cold temperatures than mature trees. Mature plants can survive down to 19 F. (-7 C.) while tender young trees may

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Incredible Edibles: Flowers in the Kitchen

Organic Gardening 2 - Fri, 2019-07-26 10:12
Posted by cookinwithherbs
I recently did a webinar for the Herb Society of America by the same title. Right now we are in the height of the summer season and our gardens are full of flowers in bloom--many of them are edible. Bring these into the kitchen for fragrance, flavor and fun!
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Emerald Oak Lettuce Info: Learn About Growing Emerald Oak Lettuce

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2019-07-26 07:00
There are so many lettuce varieties available to gardeners, it can get a little overwhelming. All those leaves can start to look the same, and picking the right seeds to plant can start to seem impossible. Reading this article will help illuminate at least one of those varieties. Keep reading to learn more about growing Emerald Oak lettuce. Emerald Oak Lettuce Info What is Emerald Oak lettuce? This cultivar is a cross between two other lettuce varieties: Blushed Butter Oak and Deer Tongue. It was originally developed in 2003 by Frank and Karen Morton, owners of Wild Garden Seed, who over the years have bred countless new kinds of greens. It is apparently a favorite on the Morton farm. The lettuce grows in dense, compact heads of rounded leaves that are a shade of bright green you could easily describe as “emerald.” It has juicy, buttery heads that are known

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Pruning A Dappled Willow – How To Prune Dappled Willow Shrubs

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-07-25 18:00
The dappled willow (Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’) is a popular ornamental tree with a graceful weeping habit. It has lovely gray-green foliage streaked with pink and white. Since this tree grows quickly, pruning a dappled willow is always an important part of the maintenance. Read on for information on dappled willow pruning. Cutting Back Dappled Willows The dappled willow is native to Japan and Korea where it frequently grows near water, like along streams and in marshes. Its shoots were used in yesteryear for basket making. A Dutch breeder brought Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ to this country in 1979. Today, it is considered an ornamental, which means that dappled willow pruning is a part of many gardener’s to-do lists. All willows grow rapidly, and dappled willows are no exception. Keep this in mind when you are choosing trees for your backyard. Dappled willows are attractive, tolerant and quick-growing trees. You’ll find that

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Eggplant ‘Graffiti’ Care – What Is A Graffiti Eggplant

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-07-25 15:00
Eggplant might not be what you think of when you think “berry,” but they are actually a fruit. Their sweet, soft flesh is the perfect complement to almost any flavor and they grow like weeds in warm temperatures. The purple Graffiti eggplant is an excellent example. What is a Graffiti eggplant? This hybrid is a modern take on a traditional food with small size and superior flavor. Graffiti Eggplant Info There are numerous eggplant varieties from which to choose. They run the gamut from Asian and Mediterranean types with differences in size, color and shape thrown in as further variation. The eggplant, Graffiti, is possibly a hybrid from those native to India. Wherever the plant’s origin, it has been bred to bring out the sweetness and remove any bitterness associated with wild fruit. Many types of eggplant have especially appealing skin. The eggplant, Graffiti, is a very appealing example of

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Ginkgo Male Vs. Female: Telling Male And Female Ginkgoes Apart

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-07-25 11:00
Ginkgo biloba is a strong, long-lived specimen with many uses here in the U.S. It grows as a street tree, on commercial properties, and in the home landscape of many. Sources say it is near perfect as an urban tree goes, as it can grow and thrive in pollution, resists disease, and is easy to prune. But one thing that’s not so near perfect is its sex. How to Tell Ginkgo Sex Between Trees The gingko is a beautiful tree, growing in a diversity of climates. It is the only surviving specimen of the division Ginkgophyta that has not become extinct. There are many instances of prehistoric fossils of this tree being found, some dating as far back as 270 million years. Fossils were found on all continents with the exception of Antarctica and Australia. Needless to say, it’s been around awhile. You may ask, are ginkgoes dioecious? They are,

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Focal Points For Backyard: Using Structure As Focal Points In The Backyard

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2019-07-25 07:07
The process of creating beautiful and welcoming yard and garden spaces can feel intimidating. Choosing plants and considering hardscaping options can feel like an arduous task for even the most confident of do-it-yourselfers. Whether planning an inviting front entryway or looking to create a green backyard oasis, there are some quick and simple tips that will help create the yard you have always dreamed of. One key aspect, the proper use of structures in the yard, can serve in function as well as add dynamic appeal. Let’s learn more about using structures as focal points for the backyard. About Backyard Focal Points When designing landscapes, it is important to first establish a focal point within the yard. Visitors and guests will naturally be drawn to these focal points, so it is imperative that this aspect of design is taken into consideration. While many structures do serve a purpose (such as

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Green Arrow Pea Care – What Is A Green Arrow Shelling Pea

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-24 18:00
There are many varieties of pea out there. From snow to shelling to sweet, there are a lot of names that can get a little confusing and overwhelming. If you want to know that you’re choosing the right garden pea for you, it’s worth your while to do a little reading ahead of time. This article will tell you everything you need to know about the pea “Green Arrow” variety, including tips for Green Arrow pea care and harvest. Green Arrow Pea Info What is a Green Arrow pea? Green Arrow is a shelling pea variety, which means its pods should be allowed to grow to maturity before being harvested, then the shells should be removed and only the peas inside eaten. At their biggest, these pods grow to about 5 inches (13 cm.) in length, with 10 to 11 peas inside. The Green Arrow pea plant grows in a

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Do Native Plants Need Fertilizer: Learn About Feeding Native Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-24 15:16
There are many reasons to grow native plants, and one of the greatest benefits to busy gardeners is that robust native plants require very little maintenance and they have no need for toxic chemicals that often find their way into nearby lakes and streams. It’s normal for gardeners who are accustomed to fussy, high-maintenance flower beds to wonder how to fertilize native plants, or if feeding native plants is even necessary. It isn’t. Read on while we explore the question, “Do native plants need fertilizer?” Fertilizer for Native Flowers Do you need to feed native plants? Native plants are adapted to the local environment, and most are accustomed to growing in difficult conditions. Feeding native plants isn’t necessary because the plants take their nutrients from the soil. In fact, when it comes to feeding native plants, fertilizer can be very harmful. The plants have evolved in low fertility native soil

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Ophelia Eggplant Info: Tips For Growing An Ophelia Eggplant

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-24 11:00
Truly a diminutive eggplant, Ophelia is a great variety for smaller spaces. It also does well in a regular vegetable garden bed, but if you’re tight on space or only have a patio with containers for growing vegetables, try this eggplant. The fruits are egg sized and the entire plants are compact as well. What is an Ophelia Eggplant? Ophelia is an eggplant variety that grows into small plants and diminutive fruits, only about two ounces (57 grams) each. The eggplants grow in clusters like tomatoes and are deep purple and egg shaped. The flowers are lavender and white stunners, and they add to the ornamental look of this plant. The taste and texture of Ophelia eggplants are of good quality. They are tender and not bitter. You can use them as you would other types of eggplant: roasted, in casseroles, baked, or stir fried. The small slices you get

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Dried Ginseng Root: Learn How To Store Ginseng Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2019-07-24 07:00
Growing ginseng as an alternative crop is increasing in popularity. Dried ginseng root is a popular curative herb in China that has been harvested for centuries, so much so that native ginseng has pretty much been eliminated. That makes American ginseng a potentially lucrative crop, but it does take some commitment and it is necessary to learn how to dry ginseng root properly and store for later use. About Dried Ginseng Root Ginseng is a perennial native herb found throughout the deciduous forests of the eastern United States. It was one of the earliest marketable herbs exported to ginseng hungry China. It was once abundant but was over harvested in the mid-1970’s and is now more commonly grown as an alternative crop. Ginseng is prized in Asia and can be quite profitable; however, it can take 8-10 years before that profit is realized. Older roots of 8-10 years of age

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Different Kinds Of Corn – Popular Varieties Of Corn Plants To Grow

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-23 18:00
Fresh, sweet summer corn is a treat to look forward to when planning your garden. There are many corn varieties, from hybrids to heirlooms. Depending upon your zone, there are varieties of corn that ripen at different times of the season, various colors and even sugar enhanced types. We’ll go over some of the best kinds of corn so you can get cracking on your summer garden planning. Popular Corn Plants You Can Grow As you start your list of seed to purchase, deciding which corn plants to grow can ensure a big crop of this sweet veggie. However, deciphering those seed catalogs can be challenging. Among all the types of corn, you will also have to decide if you want normal sweet corn, sugar enhanced, or super sweet corn. The choices can make a gardener dizzy. A primer on the three main categories of corn can help narrow down

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Oriental Plane Tree Info: Learn About Oriental Plane Trees

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-23 15:00
What is an oriental plane tree? It is a deciduous tree species that can be an attractive shade tree in the backyard, but is also used commercially. Its hard, dense wood is used to make furniture. If you want to know more about oriental plane trees, read on. You’ll find lots of oriental plane tree info plus tips on growing an oriental plane tree. What is an Oriental Plane? You may be familiar with the popular London plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia), with its maple-like leaves and small spiky fruit. It is a hybrid, and the oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis) is one of its parents. The oriental plant has very lovely maple-like leaves as well. They are a rich green and more deeply lobed than the London plane tree. The trees can grow past 80 feet (24 m.) in height, with hard, tough wood used to make items like

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Nemesia Troubleshooting: What’s Wrong With My Nemesia Plant

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-23 11:00
Nemesia is a great small, showy flower for early color in beds and borders in your garden. The plants are perfect for growing in containers, too. If summers in your area are typically comprised of hot days, Nemesia may take a break from blooming and flower again in autumn. An overall trim at this time encourages rebloom. In areas where nights remain cool and daytime temps are moderate, these plants may blossom from spring to fall. While nemesia plant problems aren’t usually serious, this long period of growth provides more opportunity for disease to develop and pests to attack. These are common nemesia issues for which to keep an eye out. Learn how to spot them in early development so they don’t mar your beautiful flowering plants. What’s Wrong with My Nemesia? Problems with nemesia may include the following: Powdery Mildew: A white powdery substance on leaves and stems is

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Vinca Plants Problems – Common Vinca Insect Pests And Diseases

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2019-07-23 07:00
For many homeowners, planning and planting an annual flower bed is a yearly garden routine. Popular bedding plants not only add a vibrant burst of color, but many continue to bloom throughout the entire summer season. One such bedding plant, annual vinca, is an extremely popular choice for growers. Annual vinca plants are low growing flowering plants that come in a selection of colors, usually white to pink. Also known as annual periwinkle, these plants thrive in a wide range of growing conditions. The ability of vinca to grow and bloom throughout periods of hot weather make it especially popular. However, like many annuals, there are some concerns in regards to pest and disease tolerance. Vinca Plant Diseases When discussing the vinca plant, problems may result for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, issues with vinca are related to the weather. Growing seasons which have been especially rainy can help

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Brown Goldring Lettuce Info – How To Grow Brown Goldring Lettuce

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2019-07-22 18:00
Brown Goldring lettuce may not have an appealing name, but it has an excellent flavor that rewards the gardeners brave enough to try it. Keep reading to learn more about this underappreciated gem, including tips for growing Brown Goldring lettuce plants in your own garden. Brown Goldring Info What is Brown Goldring lettuce? Its name leaves something to be desired (who wants brown lettuce, anyway?), but this plant has deceptively sweet, tasty leaves and succulent, golden hearts that are ranked among the most delicious by gardeners. Its name comes from the Goldring family of Bath, England, who first developed the variety. The “brown” comes from the color of its outer leaves, which are streaked with brown veins and copper colored along the edges. Within these leaves are pleasing yellow to green centers, sometimes known as “leaf canoes.” These are prized for their sweetness, crunchiness, and juiciness. Brown Goldring Lettuce Plant

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